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You may soon be able to drink your water from an edible blob

Sasha Brady

Published 24/09/2015 | 15:29


Ditch that water bottle and drink your water out of an edible blob.

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Do you ever get sick of carrying your water bottle around in your bag? Well, that could soon be a thing of the past thanks to London-based startup Skipping Rocks Lab.

More blob than bottle, Ooho (which isn't yet available to the public) is a whole new kind of packaging — it's made from algae, it costs about one cent per container to make, and it's edible.

The blob, which looks a little like a silicone implant, is intended to replace petroleum-based plastic water bottles.

How does it actually work?

To make one, a blob of water is frozen then coated with a transparent, dual-layer membrane made of brown algae and calcium chloride.

The scientists behind Skipping Rocks Lab then looked to fruit as inspiration for ways of carrying the liquid.

The smaller spheres use double membranes to keep the water inside. For larger amounts, they can be packed together like the inside of an orange segment.

When it's done, the water is held in the bag, and you just take a bite to drink it.

The makers dub Ooho "water you can drink" and it won a €20,000 European sustainability award at the start of the month.

"At the end of the day, you don’t have to eat it," creator Pierre Paslier told the Guardian.

"But the edible part shows how natural it is. People are really enthusiastic about the fact that you can create a material for packaging matter that is so harmless that you can eat it."


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